This Fall, We’re All About Dark Rum and Warm Spices
It's getting chilly, so raid your spice cabinet and make these brilliant rum cocktails.
Pear-Apricot Rum Cooler
Sweet, floral pears and jammy dried apricots lighten up the rich caramel notes of the dark rum in this fall-forward cocktail. Don’t skip the crushed ice; it melts just enough without watering down the flavor.
Pear-Apricot Infused Rum
In just 24 hours, fresh pears and dried apricots add bright, sweet, flavor to dark rum in this autumnal cocktail from restaurateur and cookbook author Alexander Smalls. Choose very ripe pears for the best infusion; their developed sugars lend flavor, not just sweetness, to the rum.
A bold, strong cocktail with both high-proof bourbon and light rum gets a hit of floral sweetness from mellow crème de banane.
Frozen Curry-Banana Daiquiri
Embrace the curry in this frozen drink from Liam Odien at The Corner Door in Culver City, California; it adds subtle intrigue without going too far into savory territory. Fresh, ripe banana and rum fill out the base notes without getting too sweetly rich. This recipe calls for Atlántico rum, but any rich dark rum will work well—Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva or Bacardí Reserva Ocho are also delicious. Whichever rum you choose, be sure to store it in the freezer to help keep the drink slushy.
The joyful laughter that comes from sitting around the BBQ pit, under the sun, wiping your brow, sipping a refreshing drink is all about the love of food, family and friends, and reverence for the cook. It’s hard not to be dutiful to the person cooking for you, “Is there anything you need?” When I’m the one wearing the cook’s hat, I want something cold, boozy, and delicious. And delicious is what this drink is. It’s the kind of drink that upon first sip seems to stop the sun’s rays in their tracks and makes the breeze feel somehow cooler. That’s called refreshment. Excerpted from Soul by Todd Richards. Copyright © 2018 Oxmoor House. Reprinted with permission from Time Inc. Books, a division of Meredith Corporation. New York, NY. All rights reserved.